Mumbai Indians vs. Rajasthan Royals: 27th IPL Match Preview
Mumbai Indians vs. Rajasthan Royals: 27th IPL Match Preview

After edging past Kings XI Punjab thanks to Kieron Pollard's belligerence, Mumbai Indians take on Rajasthan Royals on at home in what is touted to be a one-sided encounter unless the Ajinkya Rahane-led side can conjure up some magic with their existing resources.

Mumbai are peaking at about the right time while Rajasthan need a massive facelift to come out of the shambolic state they are in right now. Rohit Sharma is expected to be available for this fixture after missing the last game due to injury.

Conditions: The Wankhede has seen high scores and another one is on the cards unless the pacers can use the early movement on offer.

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Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler (10.5 credits)

Buttler has slowed down after another good start to the season but with the surface expected to be lightning quick and the powerplay spinners not very threatening, the Englishman is a great fantasy pick to have. Expect him to go blazing from the word go if he finds his rhythm early, which he should.

Batsman: Suryakumar Yadav (9 credits)

Familiar with the conditions and reliably batting behind the opening duo, Suryakumar has been getting starts without quite converting them. The Rajasthan bowling attack should suit his tastes. A terrific player with shots all around the wicket, Suryakumar will be expected to done the anchor role in this line-up.

All-rounder: Hardik Pandya (9.5 credits)

Hardik has more than one way of influencing the game given his all-round abilities. He has

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